188 West Randolph Street — Randolph Tower (Steuben Club Building)

  • 188 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL
  • Residential
  • Built: 1929
  • Restored: 2010-2012
Video: Central's Role in the Restoration of Randolph Tower
188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

The terra-cotta clad Steuben Club Building was built in 1929.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

To access the first 27 stories, mast climbers were used.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

Pipe scaffold was used to access the tower of the building.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

View of the tower pipe scaffold.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

The Randolph Street elevation during the height of the renovation.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

FRP panels were installed at the building window heads and tower parapet walls in order to reduce the number of terra cotta pieces necessary. The Installation of one panel was less expensive than a full assembly of terra cotta.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

Central employees remove a terra cotta unit for replacement.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

Buttresses at the 38th floor were completely dismantled and rebuilt, including the addition of new gargoyles which now look out over the city.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

Gargoyles were re-created above the buttresses.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

View looking up at the tower near floor 38. The terra cotta was temporarily meshed in to prevent pieces from dislodging and falling to the street below.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

View looking up at the tower near floor 38 following Central's repairs.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

The ground floor was rebuilt to match the original design.

188 West Randolph construction photo
188 West Randolph construction photo

Restored floors 24-34, with the new roof deck in view.